Don't give up your entire life while you're in law school: Three years fly by and at the end of it all, you still have to be you.
Daniela is a graduate of the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is currently practicing civil litigation, primarily defense work. She frequently tackles premises liability, products liability, commercial litigation, and general liability.
1. What do you know now that you wish you had known as a 1L?
Lawyers/professionals love talking to law students. If there is a lawyer who works in an area that you're interested in, or a firm you want to work out, don't be afraid to reach out and ask questions. 99% of the time, he or she will be happy to help you in any way. If you do reach out, maintain those relationships, because you never know down the line who can help you get a job or write you a recommendation.
2. Are you doing now what you thought you would be doing when you were a graduating 3L? If not, why not? Is this a good thing?
Not at all. When I started law school, I thought I wanted to be a public defender. My 3L year, I thought I wanted practicing immigration law in some capacity. I thought I would end up in some public interest type capacity, but life happens, and other opportunities came my way. I have learned a ton along the way, gained some really invaluable experience, and met some really great people. You may think that you'll have it all figured out as soon as you graduate and pass the bar, but the truth is, your career will evolve and grow with you. My advice would be to take the opportunities that come your way and learn as much as possible while you figure "it" out.
3. Who were you in law school?
I was very social. My law school was pretty small and had a great sense of community. I studied and worked hard, but one of the best things I got out of law school that I wasn't expecting was a group of friends that are pretty much like family. You spend 3 years of your life with the same people every single day in what is a very stressful environment. It helps if you like the people around you, because they'll get it when you're having a breakdown (or multiple breakdowns) while studying for finals and the bar exam.
4. What class or concentration do you wish you had taken that you didn’t?
My law school offered a class on bioethics my last semester. I wish I had taken it because it sounded so interesting, but it didn't really work with my schedule.
5. Anything else you would want to tell a current student?
Don't be afraid to ask for help. And don't give up your entire life while you're in law school. Take the time to maintain your relationships and your hobbies. Three years fly by and at the end of it all, you still have to be you.